Apr 5, 2009

Sunday Morning

For the first time in 5 years, Kristin is away from home. She's staying at Grandmas house for a few days, enjoying her spring break. It's an odd feeling not having her around. I miss her mischievous face, her creating havoc, running around, screaming/singing at the top of her lungs, fighting with Kayla, giving us attitude, making a mess........I just miss her. 

I did get to spend a quiet Sunday morning with Kayla, something I've never done before. It's nice to be able to spend some quality time with each child, giving them all your attention for a change. She woke up bright and early, and enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, toast, milk, and grapes. 



After breakfast, she enjoyed putting together a puzzle.


Of course, after finishing the puzzle and seeing the princess, she had to pull out her princess dress and play dress-up.



While the cat is away, the mice will play. She then proceeded to raid Kristin's jewelry box.



"You're gonna keep your mouth shut right Dad?"


Bling Bling



Time to play doctor now.


Just like in real life. Long lines and wait times.



A play date is never complete without a tea party.


All that playing made her hungry. She enjoyed some Pad See Ew for lunch, even though she doesn't look like she's enjoying it. 



After lunch, she was pooped.



  1. Anonymous6:21 PM

    What a cute "day in the life" post. I have such a hard time when only one is away! The family unit seems "incomplete"... now, on the rare occasion when they are both away that's a different story, I quite enjoy that! :)
    The long line at the doc's office was hilarious and the last shot of her napping is just the sweetest ever. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful series. It was fun viewing with the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in mind. Some of the transitions from one activity to another certainly had that field. I think you should make a little book of photos with her very own story like this. :)

  3. Hi Pascale, I'm not sure how I would feel with both being away. We've dropped them off for short periods of time, but never had them gone overnight. I'd probably be up all night worrying.

    Hi Anna, I'll definitely have to check out that book :)



  4. So cute!
    My 6 years old daughter often says me how she love spend time just alone with me.
    But she also love to sleep every Tuesday night in grandma's house then I keep my son (9) with us and is so quiet without his sister even if he love her.

  5. what a sweet post! and every scene was so beautifullly captured. :)

  6. Amazing work, as ever. This is a really cute set, and the line waiting to see the doctor really cracked us up over here in Hong Kong.

    Any strobist hints for these shots?

  7. My daughter (and her parents) are lucky to have a lot of close relatives nearby. She's spent several nights away and often asks for it (gee, I can't imagine why, I doubt she's spoiled much). When she's gone the house is much, much more quiet, even with one very mischievous 11 month old boy around.

    It's nice for awhile, but I do start to miss her lots, soon after she's gone. It's too quiet and there's nothing to do! ;)

    Adorable photos, especially the last.


  8. Your daughter is so sweet Cleanette : ) Kayla is the opposite of your son, she is louder and more naughty without Kristin around.

    Thanks Amy : )

    Thanks David. Lighting was a single shoot through umbrella for images 9-14 and 17, using ettl. The rest were available light images.

    Thanks Jeremy. I know, it's such an odd sensation of not hearing so much noise. In a way, it is kind of nice, but I do miss her still.

  9. She looked like she had a blast! I like the picture of her playing doctor with the LONG line of patients. haha

  10. mushroommeadows, lol, yeah it was pretty funny. She would skip around, seeing certain 'patients' before others.

  11. I have had such a difficult day.. thanks for the smiles again! I love your kids, and don't even know them! :)

  12. Adorable. This reminds me of those "If you Give a Mouse A Cookie" books. "If you let the girl do a princess puzzle, she's going to want to play dress up." LOL. Love the photos of course. The first one of her at lunch looks like she's praying. Beautiful shot of those eyelashes.

  13. Thanks Jordanna, I'm glad Kayla was able to bring a smile to your day :)

    Thanks Carebear. I really need to check out those books.

  14. I tried to buy Kayla the book - it just struck me so. But your email address didn't come up as having a wish list on Amazon so that I could send you the book without knowing your address. Not trying to stalk you but seriously you have to see this book and I know you'll make the connection. And then you have to MAKE your version of the book because it will be FABULOUS! There's also If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Moose a Muffin but the original is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

  15. I have discovered your blog and I LOVE ALL YOUR PICTURES!!!

    I like photography and you have very nice pictures.

    Best Regards fromo Spain

  16. Thank you so much for your generous offer Anna : ) I'm going to head to the local bookstore this weekend to look for the series.

    Thanks Silvia : )

  17. Those were some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen you take. Every one of them was phenomenal.

  18. Thank you so much MKShelley : )

  19. You are a lighting genius! I find these shots so inspiring. Now if only I can get my girls to sit still long enough...

  20. Thanks Donna. I hear ya on the sitting still. The only thing that gets Kayla to sit still is her favorite foods. She can sit and concentrate on eating for at least 5-10 minutes.

  21. Your photos are stunning! And your daguthers too;)

    Can I ask which camera you use?

  22. Hi Isa, thanks for the kind words. I currently use a Canon 5d.

  23. Anonymous12:53 AM

    amazing photos...i loved the line at the doctors office. lol.

  24. Thanks Mother Effort : )

  25. I love the last shot of her sleeping.

  26. Hi Jason, I think you're a lighting genius. You're so very inspiring. My style is more photojournalistic, so I've always stayed away from light equipment that tie me down and keep me from getting the important moments. But you seem to manage to work so effortlessly with light and still capture such amazing moments. Your work makes me want to dig deeper to know more. :) Simply love your stuff!

  27. Thanks Jenny.

    Thanks Calvina. I just have patient kids ; )

  28. Anonymous10:57 PM

    so inspiring photos!
    can't wait when my daughter grows bit more so she can do stuff like this... and I'll be there taking pics as usual :)

    Your blog is amazing.